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A tense situation prevailed at Barnes Place in Colombo 7 between a group of people and the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) officers when they had attempted to demolish some 26 houses.

Though two bulldozers were brought in by the CMC the protest had halted any work being done.

The people who claimed to be the previous owners said they were forced to vacate their homes in 2013, after being threatened by certain politicians.

“We were asked to leave our homes by former minister Mervyn Silva and some thugs. We left because we wanted to save our lives,” T.L. Jayathilake, one of previous owners told Daily Mirror.

The people claimed that they were not paid sufficient compensation when when compared to the actual value of the lands and the houses.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rizaan who is the current owner of the 26 houses said the CMC had no legal right to damage his property. (Kalathma Jayawardhane, Sanath Desmond)

 

Video by Sanath Desmond

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  • Silva Friday, 10 June 2016 06:17 PM

    If this is true, see that they are paid sufficient compensation! If at all they should have been paid upto 3 times the actual value of the lands!!!

    Jimmy Friday, 10 June 2016 06:32 PM

    One guy owning 26 houses! He should be arrested for obstruction. Now nothing happens for its protest after protest. And this is why GR is needed.

    Katie Monday, 13 June 2016 09:55 AM

    probably must be the small shanty houses numbering to 26

    Dee Friday, 10 June 2016 08:56 PM

    On what grounds can a legal owner be asked to vacate? Unless its for a developments purpose like a road expansion or highway. If they have clear deeds? They have a right. This excledes squatters who live in air conditioned homes.

    Coconut Republic Friday, 10 June 2016 09:48 PM

    Who is this guy , who bought all this 26 houses in Barnes place???

    karu Friday, 10 June 2016 10:45 PM

    We don't see any houses but a vacant ground.

    TONY Friday, 10 June 2016 10:47 PM

    FROM WHERE IS THE MONEY TO BUY 26 HOUSES AT BARNES PLACE. OVER TO INLAND REVENUE


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